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A MODERN DAY DAVID VS GOLIATH

An image of a range finder/ Bushnell used for a Tournament Tracker article

Rangefinders vs Course Planners have been a silent war over the yardage industry for the last decade or so. Convenience vs Math. In essence, Rangefinders are binoculars that ‘zap’ a laser to the target providing the distance from the user to their chosen target. A course planner highlights the distances from an assortment of dedicated areas, such as bunkers and trees to the front of the green. However, you may have to walk to those targets to get an accurate yardage. Additionally, you would need a flag position sheet for added accuracy, in particular the planner.

PROS                                              CONS

RANGEFINDER

COURSE
PLANNER

  • Instant yardage feedback

  • Waterproof

  • Gain yardage from any location to any location

  • Initial cost

  • May not be legal in tournament play dependant on device

  • Can see hidden features/ hazards

  • Locate precise hole locations

  • Not water resistant

  • Will breakdown over time

  •  Course might change due to development

Albeit the choice is very individual one, but we believe that when used together they can literally save you shots on the course! No question about it, if used correctly.

 

Our method for approach shots:

 

Obtain a yardage with a rangefinder, then with the course planner figure out how far away:

 

  • The front of the green is

  • The short side yardage of the flag (WHICH SIDE OF THE GREEN THE FLAG IS NEAREST TOO)

  • The long side yardage (THE LARGEST GAP BETWEEN THE FLAG AND THE EDGE OF THE GREEN)

  • How much green is behind the flag

 

This method will speed up the more you use it, but it will enable you to hit more greens and make more pars due to having a more developed idea of the green you’re approaching. Meaning that you can play average golf/ have a poor hitting day but still score well; because your ball is always in good position.

 

Of course, knowing your yardages is very important. This method will enable you to make more pars, as a result of having less wasted shots. Give it a try and let us know how you're getting on with it. 

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